“The Hangover 2” opens this weekend, and apparently there is someone besides Mel Gibson who will not be eagerly waiting in line with a bucket of popcorn to get a good seat. In the movie, Ed Helms wakes up in a bathtub and discovers that he has a poorly done tribal tattoo on his face. The joke, of course, is that Mike Tyson—who makes a cameo in the original movie and its sequel—has a much better version of the same tattoo. However, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, is not amused. In fact, he is suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Keep reading »
In a 45-year career that’s been filled with screwball comedies, touching love stories and the occasional serious drama, there’s one thing that’s been a constant in Woody Allen’s filmography: his love for the ladies.
“My heart is in it more when I’m writing for women,” Allen said once in an interview, and he’s certainly given us some of the most memorable female characters in movie history. (Credit must also be given to Allen’s longtime casting director Juliet Taylor.)
Often starring opposite a neurotic schlub (played by Allen until recently), the Allen female character knows how to deliver a joke, exudes sexuality, and amidst adultery, arguments and other relationship problems is almost always clearer on what she wants than her male counterpart. Keep reading »
“I’ve heard rumblings about a ‘Carrie’ remake, as I have about ‘The Stand’ and ‘It.’ Who knows if it will happen? The real question is why, when the original was so good? I mean, not ‘Casablanca’ or anything, but a really good horror-suspense film, much better than the book. Piper Laurie really got her teeth into the bad-mom thing. Although Lindsay Lohan as Carrie White … hmmm. It would certainly be fun to cast. I guess I could get behind it if they turned the project over to one of the Davids: Lynch or Cronenberg.”
—Steven King shares that he’d prefer that the original “Carrie,” one of our top 10 prom movies, not be remade. But if it is, he could see LiLo in the lead role. I dunno—that could be pretty awesome. And I cosign on David Lynch directing. [EW] Keep reading »
Behold, the new poster for “Horrible Bosses,” the movie where Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman and Charlie Day conspire to kill their toxic superiors. Jennifer Aniston plays Charlie’s boss, a sadistic dentist. Now, I know many people will object to the use of the words “sex crazed” and “maneater” here alongside the image of the cowering guy and might say that this is about dudes being terrified of female sexuality. That’s probably true, but I kind of like that they cast this role with a woman. I mean, a male dentist who sexually harasses his female hygenist is probably the more likely scenario in the real world—but I like something about the role reversal — and the fact that Jennifer went for this rather than more boring romantic comedy fare. Also, can we talk about how amazing she looks as a brunette? Keep reading »
Porn may be the only medium James Francoisn’t seeking total domination of … but he’s edging closer with “Cherry,” an indie film set to begin filming next month. Heather Graham, Lili Taylor and Dev Patel will also star in the flick about a troubled 18-year-old girl who moved to San Francisco and started doing porn. The young porn star in question hasn’t been cast yet (may I suggest the incredible Ryan Keely?), but Graham will play an ex-porn star who directs her, Patel will play her best friend, Taylor will play her alcoholic mother, and Franco is a cocaine-addicted lawyer she befriends. Author Stephen Elliot, who wrote The Adderall Diaries, will direct “Cherry.” (And the two might be working together again, as Franco has optioned the book for a film). I can’t wait to see this one! [Variety] Keep reading »
“Casting is so awkward. I’m too shy to meet [actresses]. I have the women come in and I don’t let them sit down. I make up some questions, but I couldn’t care less about chatting. I only see them to make sure that they haven’t gained 200 pounds or had five face jobs. I want to see that the woman I saw on the DVD is still intact.”
I love the adorable things Ellen DeGeneres has guests do when they’re on the show. Her latest brilliant idea? (Or at least, her writers’ latest brilliant idea?) While Colin Farrell was on the show to promote his new movie, a remake of the ’80s classic “Fright Night,” she and Colin dressed up in vampire costumes and hid in the studio bathroom, jumping out to terrify studio audience members. Cute. Also adorable—Colin’s reaction to Ellen asking him about playing a vampire. “It’s a novel idea in this day and age,” he joked. “When I heard they were making it, I was kinda like, ‘Oh Hollywood, what a bunch of unoriginal idiots. They’re going to destroy one of my favorite films. But then I read the script and I was like, ‘No. I like it.’” Hey, at least he’s honest. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
We have ourselves a new Tom Buchanan, folks. It has just been announced that Aussie actor, Joel Edgerton, will be replacing Ben Affleck in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D version of “The Great Gatsby.” Affleck, who dropped out because of scheduling conflicts, is just the kind of A-Lister we would expect to see amongst the all-star cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. So who is this guy tackling the role of Tom, Daisy’s millionaire, white supremacist husband? After the jump, five things you should know about Joel Edgerton, a guy you’re going to be seeing a whole lot of on the silver screen. Keep reading »
If I could take a trip anywhere in the world, I’d choose … Oz. As in the place over the rainbow, not the prison. So I am very excited about Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great And Powerful,” a prequel to everyone’s favorite tale about a girl following the yellow brick road. The cast so far is stellar. The very busy James Franco will play the guy behind the curtain. Mila Kunis will play Theodora, who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. Rachel Weisz will be Evanora, the already evil Wicked Witch of the East.
And now, the movie finally has its Glinda, after much debate. Keep reading »